The Hukilau returns for its 18th annual Tiki weekender in June, serving up five days of immersive rum-fueled experiences at the Pier 66 Hotel & Marina and The Mai-Kai restaurant, both 62-year-old landmarks in sunny Fort Lauderdale.
Organizers made the first official announcement of 2019 on New Years’ Day, promising the return of all the hallmarks that make the event one of the Tiki revival’s top summer destinations. Tickets and hotel rooms will not go on sale until Feb. 1, but more details are due to be released throughout the month.
It will be the fifth straight year that The Hukilau has pitched its tent at Pier 66, and the 17th year at the legendary Mai-Kai. (The Hukilau launched in 2002 in Atlanta before migrating south to Florida the next year.) Below you’ll find all the news from the initial communiqué, embellished with some of our favorite photos from last year’s festivities to whet your appetite. Stay tuned for future updates on The Atomic Grog.
Tickets and hotel rooms go on sale Feb. 1. Look for more details throughout January.
What can you look forward to in 2019? The same things you love:
* Same Wednesday through Sunday schedule
Guest bartenders at Thursday’s Tiki Tower Takeover included cocktail legend Brother Cleve (left) and Doc Parks of Pagan Idol and Zombie Village. (Photo by Heather McKean)
* Tiki Treasures Bazaar
Vendors come from far and wide to The Hukilau. (Photo by Hukilau Mike)
* More photos from Hukilau Mike
* High Tide Party (Friday night)
Hukilau veterans The Intoxicators from Tallahassee will return in 2019. (Atomic Grog photo)
* The Mai-Kai party (Saturday night)
The Polynesian Islander Revue, the longest-running authentic South Seas stage show in the United States, including Hawaii. (Atomic Grog photo)
* Pool parties (Friday and Saturday)
Villagers cool off at Pier 66 during the Rum Island Pool Party. (Photo by Heather McKean)
* Guest bars: All of your favorites from 2018
The crew from Delray Beach’s Death Or Glory serve up signature drinks during a pool party. (Atomic Grog photo)
* Amazing musical lineup
Los Straitjackets perform in the Tahiti Room at The Mai-Kai. (Atomic Grog photo)
* Pass prices stay the same! 2018 prices locked in if purchased in February
You can’t beat the view, or the cocktails, in the penthouse ballroom at Pier 66. (Photo by Joanne Galka)
What’s new or different for 2019?
* Sustainability: As we grow, so does our mindfulness to reduce waste.
* Sunday pool party: Stick around and help us welcome Tiki-locals that couldn’t join us during the work week.
* More guest bars: Yes, really! We’re expanding from 12 to 18 or more from around the U.S. and Europe.
* Live music poolside: Lounge, tan, sip, and watch The Intoxicators (and others) perform live.
* More vendors at the Tiki Treasures Bazaar.
* Tiki Truck Stop: More food trucks and more hours for Thursday and Friday nights.
* More fun and more aloha!
PLUS: Some special new additions! (Details to be released in the next few weeks).
The Hukilau past coverage
* 2018 recap: Photos and video from social media | More 2018 coverage
* 2017 daily recaps, news, photos and video | More 2017 coverage
* More past coverage: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011